“The fact that this will be a ‘statement’ development on Yonge Street had a major influence on our design,” says Clifford Korman, principal at Kirkor, the firm designing the project.
Located at Yonge Street and Cummer Avenue in North York, 5959 Yonge Street will lead the way for future urbanization and intensification in the area, Korman said.
Korman transitioned the site from a stable residential area to connect to Yonge Street, where there will be a forthcoming canopied pedestrian space for shopping and dining.
“We have created a tall, sophisticated, modern and contemporary design,” said Korman. “I would think the word ‘elegant’ best describes it and it will most definitely stand out in this area of Toronto.”
Using glass and precast offset with metal panels, the building will have three main sections — a base, a mid-rise and a shaft and top — with a Sky Atrium cantilevered out from the side of the building, two-thirds up the tower on the 32nd floor. The exterior is a combination of squares of black and white and solids and voids, creating constantly changing images and acting almost like a mosaic.
Anticipating that the majority of residents will be between the ages of 25 and 45-years-old, Korman designed the suites to reflect their active and social lives, with more efficiency built into the floor plans to maximize everyday living and provide flow moving seamlessly between rooms.
The building’s social spaces include a Chai Room, which will promote engagement and interaction amongst the residents.
Other amenities include an outdoor green roof, lounge, theatre, fully equipped fitness centre, social hall, private kitchen and dining areas. There will also be a state-of-the art multi-use LED court (a first of its kind to be installed in a condominium), bowling alley, yoga and pilates studio, reflecting pool and media centre.
“All of these amenities become extensions of the residents’ personal spaces,” said Korman. “These will promote social engagement and interaction and after a little while, I fully expect residents to know each other’s names in the elevators.”
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